Building faith is why I blog. Today’s blog is about answers to prayer.
Heavenly Father is how I like to think of God as well as the name I use when I call upon Him in prayer.
My experience with prayer has taught me that answers come in many ways. We’re taught that prayers are answered by feelings in our heart and mind. We are also taught about burning in the bosom. I have experience with these forms of prayer. I’ve written about them in other post. See my category listing for prayer.
In today’s post, I would like to draw attention to another important way prayers are answered—by signs.
“…he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost…working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith.” (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 26:13)
I had an answer to prayer recently that lifted, strengthened, and blessed me. The answer came not by feelings or a burning in my bosom, but by a sign.
In recent months, I have been praying and fasting for loved ones who are experiencing difficult challenges. I also went to the temple with my loved ones in mind and prayed asking Heavenly Father to provide help. I wondered what I could do, if anything, to be of help.
When I returned to my home office, I continued to pray as I worked. I left my office and returned several times. I do this every hour or two to avoid sitting too long. This occurred two or three times. When I returned from a break I noticed a quarter on the floor next to my chair. It was on the plastic mat that protects the carpet. I thought that was curious because I don’t carry change in my pocket and I wondered where it came from. I had been in and out of the office several times and wondered why I hadn’t seen in earlier. While thinking about the how the quarter got there, I decided to check on the news of the day. The first news article I saw was titled, “A-List Actress Reveals Haunting Claim About Her Dead Grandfather: ‘There’s a Long Family History…”
I quote from the news article I read. “Actress Emma Stone revealed a family “secret” about her deceased grandfather during an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” Wednesday night, claiming that he randomly leaves quarters around for her family members.
Stone, who made the ghostly pocket change proclamation during a discussion about paranormal phenomena, said that explaining the evidence would take a great deal of time, but that she’s certain the quarters are being left by the grandfather she never met.
“There’s a long family history with quarters. My grandfather leaves quarters. And it’s just … amazing” she said. “It’s him! It’s absolutely him.”
Finding the quarter, then going to the news article about a deceased grandfather making himself known to loved ones by leaving quarters got my attention. For me it was an answer to prayer. I believe it was a sign telling me a “ministering angel”, possibly a grandparent, is blessing my loved ones.
I consider this sign as a “tender mercy”. It was comforting. I’ve had other sacred experiences where the Lord has communicated with me by signs, in answer to prayer.
I realize that some will mock this experience while others will be uplifted by it as they recall similar experiences in their own life. Signs and wonders are part of Heavenly Fathers ways of answering prayers.